SINCE 1973

Our Story

As one of the North West’s leading culinary beacons and wedding venues, The Belle Epoque has attracted discerning diners, sporting stars and celebrity guests for over four decades, securing its place within the top 5% of UK restaurants with two AA rosettes and now brings that experience to you in the form our outside catering.

SINCE 1973

The Belle Epoque

The Belle Epoque building is steeped in history as a building and as a business. The building was built in 1907 by glove merchant Richard Harding Watt, and features two pillars derived from the original St Peter’s Church in Manchester. Many of the original 1907 features are still to be seen both inside and outside the building. The icon Elizabeth Gaskill tower is well known for its history as well as being a stunning piece of architecture.

The Belle Epoque has been under the ownership of the Mooney family for over 40 years and is still run by the family on a daily basis which shows in the attention to detail and the personal touches each customer receives. The story begins in the 1970’s when Malcolm Mooney – business partner of the world’s first footballing superstar George Best – and his French born wife Dominique set up the Borsalino in Hale Barns, a 1970’s take on French style. The couple launched La Belle Epoque Restaurant Francaise in 1973. The restaurant adopted a much grander feel among the splendour of the former King’s Coffee House. Within the first 6 months, the restaurant endured a tragic blow, as Malcolm was killed in a road accident. The responsibility fell to Malcolm’s twin brother Keith and his wife Nerys. Though neither had any restaurant experience, the couple grew and developed the business through the 1970’s and 1980’s during the era of haute cuisine. As The Belle Epoque celebrated its 25th anniversary, fate once again played its part, as Keith suffered a stroke. His son Matthew, a marketing and advertising professional, took and invigorated the business, embarking on a journey that would bring him to celebrate 40 years of success in 2013. Matthew Mooney is the current Proprietor and Managing Director of The Belle Epoque, and also The Rose n Crown Chop House, also situated on Knutsford’s King Street.

Our Team

We want you to have the Belle Epoque experience from the moment you book your party with us. To enable this we invite you to your menu tasting and event planning at our beautiful award winning restaurant where the convivial atmosphere lends itself to the planning of your event. You will experience the food and drinks, soak up the log fires or summer roof garden and then meet with the chefs to discuss all aspects of the food before you sit with your event planner to use their knowledge and experience to create your event.

Word of mouth


Dear Kelly

Myself and mark would like to thank you all.

Our wedding day was amazing, it all went smoothly, and we loved every minute of it.

We want to thank the chef for the amazing food, all my guests have commented on how good it was.

Also can you please pass my thanks on to John and Alvaro. I can’t believe the care and attention john gave us for the whole day and evening, he was incredible, but the whole team of staff were also wonderful and we would like to thank them all.

Hi Kelly

I hope you are well. I have finally found some time to drop you an email to say a huge thank you to you, and the staff, particularly John and his team, for everything you did for me and Nick on our wedding day. Is was totally amazing and we can’t thank you enough.

Please can you thank the chefs too, the food was spot on….people are still talking about those pies, they were awesome!!!

I can’t thank you enough for everything….it was just perfect!!!


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